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Storactive LiveServe: Application-aware CDP will transform email management - Product Profile

Few CIOs would disagree that email has become a mission critical element in their infrastructure. Nonetheless, until recently, the data protection paradigm has lagged behind this “mission critical” reality with respect to email. Enterprise email environments should have data recovery and data protection architectures that reflect their criticality, in much the same way databases receive “special” consideration due to their mission critical status.

 

Publish date: 01/01/05
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Expert video: Storage thin provisioning to optimize capacity

In his Storage Decisions conference presentation titled "Attack of the Killer Capacity," Mike Matchett discussed different methods of capacity optimization and their benefits, including storage thin provisioning.

  • Premiered: 06/29/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Mike Matchett TBA Storage Decisions TBA Storage TBA Thin Provisioning TBA capacity optimization TBA oversubscription TBA clone TBA replicating TBA cloning TBA Snapshot TBA Snapshots TBA Performance
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Flat backup grows into viable tool for data protection

Flat backups reduce license fees and improve recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives, making them useful for data protection.

  • Premiered: 07/08/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Backup
Topic(s): TBA Backup TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA Recovery TBA Snapshots TBA flat backup TBA NetApp TBA HP TBA EMC TBA 3PAR TBA StoreServ TBA StoreOnce TBA VMAX TBA Data Domain TBA RPO TBA RTO TBA COW TBA ROW TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA WAN TBA Microsoft TBA Oracle TBA SAP TBA SnapProtect TBA RMC TBA Recovery Manager Central TBA ProtectPoint TBA Virtualization TBA VMWare
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DP Designed for Flash - Better Together: HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage and StoreOnce System

Flash technology has burst on the IT scene within the past few years with a vengeance. Initially seen simply as a replacement for HDDs, flash now is triggering IT and business to rethink a lot of practices that have been well established for decades. One of those is data protection. Do you protect data the same way when it is sitting on flash as you did when HDDs ruled the day? How do you take into account that at raw cost/capacity levels, flash is still more expensive than HDDs?  Do data deduplication and compression technologies change how you work with flash? Does the fact that flash technology is injected most often to alleviate severe application performance issues require you to rethink how you should protect, manage, and move this data?

These questions apply across the board when flash is injected into storage arrays but even more so when you consider all-flash arrays (AFAs), which are often associated with the most mission-critical applications an enterprise possesses. The expectations for application service levels and data protection recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) are vastly different in these environments. Given this, are existing data protection tools adequate? Or is there a better way to utilize these expensive assets and yet achieve far superior results? The short answer is yes to both.

In this Opinion piece we will focus on answering these questions broadly through the data protection lens. We will then look at a specific case of how data protection can be designed with flash in mind by considering the combination of flash-optimized HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HPE StoreOnce System backup appliances, and HPE Recovery Management Central (RMC) software. These elements combine to produce an exceptional solution that meets the stringent application service requirements and data protection RTOs and RPOs that one finds in flash storage environments while keeping costs in check.

Publish date: 06/06/16
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Hyper-converged vendors focus on data protection

Hyper-convergence has impacted primary storage, but Arun Taneja says hyper-converged vendors are bringing the concept to data protection.

  • Premiered: 09/03/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Backup
Topic(s): TBA hyper-converge TBA hyper-converged TBA hyper-convergence TBA hyperconverged TBA Primary Storage TBA Arun Taneja TBA Storage TBA Data protection TBA Data Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Compression TBA Continuous Data Protection TBA synthetic backup TBA Backup TBA copy data management TBA Snapshots TBA Snapshot TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA WAN TBA replication TBA flat backup TBA secondary storage TBA Gridstore TBA Maxta TBA Nimboxx TBA Nutanix TBA Scale TBA Scale Computing TBA SimpliVity
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Reduxio launches hybrid array with built-in protection

Startup Reduxio Systems launches hybrid storage system with BackDating data recovery to any second in time, inline dedupe, and continuous block tiering.

  • Premiered: 09/04/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA Reduxio TBA Hybrid Array TBA Protection TBA Hybrid TBA Storage TBA data optimization TBA Optimization TBA Data protection TBA inline deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA flash hybrid TBA CDP TBA Continuous Data Protection TBA Recovery TBA Snapshot TBA Snapshots TBA Compression TBA Virtualization TBA Metadata TBA Data reduction TBA VDI TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA virtual desktop TBA Mike Matchett TBA Auto Tiering TBA Jeff Kato TBA clone
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INFINIDAT Expands InfiniBox Enterprise Storage Family, Introduces Multi-Petabyte Scale Unified

INFINIDAT, a leader in high performance, highly available enterprise storage solutions, announces the expansion of its revolutionary InfiniBox family of storage arrays with the addition of two new capabilities and a new midrange model.

  • Premiered: 09/21/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Business Wire
Topic(s): TBA Infinidat TBA High Performance TBA high availability TBA Enterprise Storage TBA Storage TBA NAS TBA Enterprise TBA Scale TBA Unified Storage TBA Snapshots TBA Snapshot TBA Block Storage TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA InfiniBox TBA Cloud TBA Cloud Storage TBA SAN TBA Capacity TBA Arun Taneja
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Free Report - Better Together: HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and StoreOnce System Opinion

Flash technology has burst on the IT scene within the past few years with a vengeance. Initially seen simply as a replacement for HDDs, flash now is triggering IT and business to rethink a lot of practices that have been well established for decades. One of those is data protection. Do you protect data the same way when it is sitting on flash as you did when HDDs ruled the day? How do you take into account that at raw cost/capacity levels, flash is still more expensive than HDDs?  Do data deduplication and compression technologies change how you work with flash? Does the fact that flash technology is injected most often to alleviate severe application performance issues require you to rethink how you should protect, manage, and move this data?

These questions apply across the board when flash is injected into storage arrays but even more so when you consider all-flash arrays (AFAs), which are often associated with the most mission-critical applications an enterprise possesses. The expectations for application service levels and data protection recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) are vastly different in these environments. Given this, are existing data protection tools adequate? Or is there a better way to utilize these expensive assets and yet achieve far superior results? The short answer is yes to both.

In this Opinion piece we will focus on answering these questions broadly through the data protection lens. We will then look at a specific case of how data protection can be designed with flash in mind by considering the combination of flash-optimized HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HP StoreOnce System backup appliances, and HP StoreOnce Recovery Management Central (RMC) software. These elements combine to produce an exceptional solution that meets the stringent application service requirements and data protection RTOs and RPOs that one finds in flash storage environments while keeping costs in check.

Publish date: 09/25/15
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VMware vSphere 6 release good news for storage admins

VMware's vSphere 6 release shows that the vendor is aiming for a completely software-defined data center with a fully virtualized infrastructure.

  • Premiered: 10/05/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA software-defined TBA Software-Defined Data Center TBA SDDC TBA Virtualization TBA virtualized infrastructure TBA VSAN TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VMotion TBA high availability TBA Security TBA scalability TBA Data protection TBA replication TBA VMware PEX TBA Fault Tolerance TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA Provisioning TBA Storage Management TBA SLA TBA 3D Flash TBA FT TBA vCPU TBA CPU
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Hyperscale Cloud Vendors vs. Cloud-Enabled Data Protection Vendors

Cost alone should not be the deciding factor when deciding between a hyperscale cloud vendor or a cloud-enabled data protection provider.

  • Premiered: 11/06/15
  • Author: Jim Whalen
  • Published: Datamation
Topic(s): TBA datamation TBA hyperscale TBA Cloud TBA Data protection TBA Amazon TBA Google TBA Microsoft TBA Cloud Storage TBA Storage TBA Data Storage TBA Data Management TBA DP TBA Compute TBA Software as a Service TBA Saas TBA Infrastructure as a Service TBA IaaS TBA cloud data center TBA DP cloud TBA Barracuda TBA SMB TBA Backup TBA replication TBA VMWare TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA Datto TBA WAN
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Edge HyperConvergence for Robo's: Riverbed SteelFusion Brings IT All Together

Hyperconvergence is one of the hottest IT trends going in to 2016. In a recent Taneja Group survey of senior enterprise IT folks we found that over 25% of organizations are looking to adopt hyperconvergence as their primary data center architecture. Yet the centralized enterprise datacenter may just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the vast opportunity for hyperconverged solutions. Where there are remote or branch office (ROBO) requirements demanding localized computing, some form of hyperconvergence would seem the ideal way to address the scale, distribution, protection and remote management challenges involved in putting IT infrastructure “out there” remotely and in large numbers.

However, most of today’s popular hyperconverged appliances were designed as data center infrastructure, converging data center IT resources like servers, storage, virtualization and networking into Lego™ like IT building blocks.  While these at first might seem ideal for ROBOs – the promise of dropping in “whole” modular appliances precludes any number of onsite integration and maintenance challenges, ROBOs have different and often more challenging requirements than a datacenter. A ROBO does not often come with trained IT staff or a protected datacenter environment. They are, by definition, located remotely across relatively unreliable networks. And they fan out to the thousands (or tens of thousands) of locations.

Certainly any amount of convergence simplifies infrastructure making easier to deploy and maintain. But in general popular hyperconvergence appliances haven’t been designed to be remotely managed en masse, don’t address unreliable networks, and converge storage locally and directly within themselves. Persisting data in the ROBO is a recipe leading to a myriad of ROBO data protection issues. In ROBO scenarios, the datacenter form of hyperconvergence is not significantly better than simple converged infrastructure (e.g. pre-configured rack or blades in a box).

Riverbed’s SteelFusion we feel has brought full hyperconvergence benefits to the ROBO edge of the organization. They’ve married their world-class WANO technologies, virtualization, and remote storage “projection” to create what we might call “Edge Hyperconvergence”. We see the edge hyperconverged SteelFusion as purposely designed for companies with any number of ROBO’s that each require local IT processing.

Publish date: 12/17/15
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Array Efficient, VM-Centric Data Protection: HPE Data Protector and 3PAR StoreServ

One of the biggest storage trends we are seeing in our current research here at Taneja Group is that of storage buyers (and operators) looking for more functionality – and at the same time increased simplicity – from their storage infrastructure. For this and many other reasons, including TCO (both CAPEX and OPEX) and improved service delivery, functional “convergence” is currently a big IT theme. In storage we see IT folks wanting to eliminate excessive layers in their complex stacks of hardware and software that were historically needed to accomplish common tasks. Perhaps the biggest, most critical, and unfortunately onerous and unnecessarily complex task that enterprise storage folks have had to face is that of backup and recovery. As a key trusted vendor of both data protection and storage solutions, we note that HPE continues to invest in producing better solutions in this space.

HPE has diligently been working towards integrating data protection functionality natively within their enterprise storage solutions starting with the highly capable tier-1 3PAR StoreServ arrays. This isn’t to say that the storage array now turns into a single autonomous unit, becoming a chokepoint or critical point of failure, but rather that it becomes capable of directly providing key data services to downstream storage clients while being directed and optimized by intelligent management (which often has a system-wide or larger perspective). This approach removes excess layers of 3rd party products and the inefficient indirect data flows traditionally needed to provide, assure, and then accelerate comprehensive data protection schemes. Ultimately this evolution creates a type of “software-defined data protection” in which the controlling backup and recovery software, in this case HPE’s industry-leading Data Protector, directly manages application-centric array-efficient snapshots.

In this report we examine this disruptively simple approach and how HPE extends it to the virtual environment – converging backup capabilities between Data Protector and 3PAR StoreServ to provide hardware assisted agentless backup and recovery for virtual machines. With HPE’s approach, offloading VM-centric snapshots to the array while continuing to rely on the hypervisor to coordinate the physical resources of virtual machines, virtualized organizations gain on many fronts including greater backup efficiency, reduced OPEX, greater data protection coverage, immediate and fine-grained recovery, and ultimately a more resilient enterprise. We’ll also look at why HPE is in a unique position to offer this kind of “converging” market leadership, with a complete end-to-end solution stack including innovative research and development, sales, support, and professional services.

Publish date: 12/21/15
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The HPE Solution to Backup Complexity and Scale: HPE Data Protector and StoreOnce

There are a lot of game-changing trends in IT today including mobility, cloud, and big data analytics. As a result, IT architectures, data centers, and data processing are all becoming more complex – increasingly dynamic, heterogeneous, and distributed. For all IT organizations, achieving great success today depends on staying in control of rapidly growing and faster flowing data.

While there are many ways for IT technology and solution providers to help clients depending on their maturity, size, industry, and key business applications, every IT organization has to wrestle with BURA (Backup, Recovery, and Archiving). Protecting and preserving the value of data is a key business requirement even as the types, amounts, and uses of that data evolve and grow.

For IT organizations, BURA is an ever-present, huge, and growing challenge. Unfortunately, implementing a thorough and competent BURA solution often requires piecing and patching together multiple vendor products and solutions. These never quite fully address the many disparate needs of most organizations nor manage to be very simple or cost-effective to operate. Here is where we see HPE as a key vendor today with all the right parts coming together to create a significant change in the BURA marketplace.

First, HPE is pulling together its top-notch products into a user-ready “solution” that marries both StoreOnce and Data Protector. For those working with either or both of those separately in the past in conjunction with other vendor’s products, it’s no surprise that they each compete favorably one-on-one with other products in the market, but together as an integrated joint solution they beat the best competitor offerings.

But HPE hasn’t just bundled products into solutions, it is undergoing a seismic shift in culture that revitalizes its total approach to market. From product to services to support, HPE people have taken to heart a “customer first” message to provide a truly solution-focused HPE experience. One support call, one ticket, one project manager, addressing the customer’s needs regardless of what internal HPE business unit components are in the “box”. And significantly, this approach elevates HPE from just being a supplier of best-of-breed products into an enterprise-level trusted solution provider addressing business problems head-on. HPE is perhaps the only company completely able to deliver a breadth of solutions spanning IT from top to bottom out of their own internal world-class product lines.

In this report, we’ll examine first why HPE StoreOnce and Data Protector products are truly game changing on their own rights. Then, we will look at why they get even “better together” as a complete BURA solution that can be more flexibly deployed to meet backup challenges than any other solution in the market today.

Publish date: 01/15/16
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Evaluating Data Protection for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Hyperconvergence is a still-evolving trend, and the number of vendors in the space is making the evaluation of hyperconverged infrastructure complex. One criterion to consider in any infrastructure review is data protection.

  • Premiered: 02/02/16
  • Author: Jim Whalen
  • Published: InfoStor
Topic(s): TBA Jim Whalen TBA Storage TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyperconverged infrastructure TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA Backup TBA replication TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA SimpliVity TBA Deduplication TBA Compression TBA WAN TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM-centric TBA VM-centricity TBA Compute TBA Networking TBA Hypervisor TBA Virtualization TBA scale-out TBA IOPS TBA Pivot3 TBA Gridstore TBA converged
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Scale-out architecture and new data protection capabilities in 2016

What are the next big things for the data center in 2016? Applications will pilot the course to better data protection and demand more resources from scale-out architecture.

  • Premiered: 02/17/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA scale-out TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA scale-out architecture TBA analysis TBA Data Center TBA data lake TBA Hadoop TBA hadoop cluster TBA cluster TBA Backup TBA Talena TBA HPE TBA 3PAR TBA flat backup TBA Snapshot TBA Snapshots TBA StoreOnce TBA Oracle TBA Oracle ZDLRA TBA ZDLRA TBA Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance TBA converged TBA convergence TBA Cloud TBA backup server TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA Big Data TBA Lustre
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Business Continuity Best Practices for SMB

Virtualization’s biggest driver is big savings: slashing expenditures on servers, licenses, management, and energy. Another major benefit is the increased ease of disaster recovery and business continuity (DR/BC) in virtualized environments.

Note that disaster recovery and business continuity are closely aligned but not identical. We define disaster recovery as the process of restoring lost data, applications and systems following a profound data loss event, such as a natural disaster, a deliberate data breach or employee negligence. Business continuity takes DR a step further. BC’s goal is not only to recover the computing environment but also to recover them swiftly and with zero data loss. This is where recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO) enter the picture, with IT assigning differing RPO and RTO strategies according to application priority.

DR/BC can be difficult to do well in data centers with traditional physical servers, particularly in SMB with limited IT budgets and generalist IT staff. Many of these servers are siloed with direct-attached storage and individual data protection processes. Mirroring and replication used to require one-to-one hardware correspondence and can be expensive, leading to a universal reliance on localized backup as data protection. In addition, small IT staffs do not always take the time to perfect their backup processes across disparate servers. Either they do not do it at all –rolling the dice and hoping there won’t be a disaster – or they slap backups on tape or USB drives and stick them on a shelf.

Virtualization can transform this environment into a much more efficient and protected data center. Backing up VMs from a handful of host servers is faster and less resource-intensive than backing up tens or hundreds of physical servers. And with scheduled replication, companies achieve faster backup and much improved recovery objectives.

However, many SMBs avoid virtualization. They cite factors such as cost, unfamiliarity with hypervisors, and added complexity. And they are not wrong: virtualization can introduce complexity, it can be expensive, and it can require familiarity with hypervisors. Virtualization cuts down on physical servers but is resource-intensive, especially as the virtualized environment grows. This means capital costs for high performance CPUs and storage. SMBs may also have to deal VM licensing and management costs, administrative burdens, and the challenge of protecting and replicating virtualized data on a strict budget.

For all its complexity and learning curve, is virtualization worth it for SMBs? Definitely. Its benefits far outweigh its problems, particularly its advantages for DR/BC. But for many SMBs, traditional virtualization is often too expensive and complex to warrant the effort. We believe that the answer is HyperConverged Infrastructure: HCI. Of HCI providers, Scale Computing is exceptionally attractive to the SMB. This paper will explain why. 

Publish date: 09/30/15
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Talena storage software analyzes big data

Talena claims big data fuels demand for predictable storage workloads and application usage. The vendor's new ActiveRx uses predictive intelligence on data availability.

  • Premiered: 03/22/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Backup
Topic(s): TBA Talena TBA Big Data TBA Storage TBA predictive intelligence TBA data availability TBA predictive analytics TBA Big Data Availability TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Public Cloud TBA Cloud TBA secondary storage TBA Hadoop TBA NoSQL TBA data warehouse TBA Archiving TBA Backup TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA data analytics TBA big data analytics TBA ActiveRx TBA passive backup TBA RTO TBA Mike Matchett TBA structured data TBA semi-structured data TBA unstructured data TBA Snapshot TBA Snapshots
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Hybrid Cloud Storage

Hybrid cloud storage orchestrates storage processing between on-premise and cloud resources, creating a single virtual storage infrastructure with centralized management. Software-defined storage (SDS) enables hybrid cloud storage vendors to decouple processing from storage assets.

  • Premiered: 04/06/16
  • Author: Christine Taylor
  • Published: InfoStor
Topic(s): TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Hybrid Cloud Storage TBA HCS TBA Cloud TBA Storage TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA Public Cloud TBA IOPS TBA Low latency TBA compliance TBA scalability TBA Virtualization TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA Distributed Storage TBA ROBO TBA big data analytics TBA Big Data TBA analytics TBA hybrid infrastructure TBA cloud bursting TBA DP TBA Data protection TBA Snapshot TBA Snapshots TBA replication TBA Microsoft TBA Microsoft Azure
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Hyper-converged vendors offer new use cases, products

Hyper-converged market systems show they are ready to branch out beyond primary storage applications. In fact, it's happening now.

  • Premiered: 04/15/16
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Converged IT
Topic(s): TBA hyper-converged TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Primary Storage TBA Storage TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA scale-out TBA scale-out architecture TBA converged TBA convergence TBA HPE TBA ConvergedSystem TBA NetApp TBA FlexPod TBA VCE TBA Compute TBA Hypervisor TBA Virtualization TBA Mobility TBA Cloud TBA cloud integration TBA web-scale TBA web-scale storage TBA secondary storage TBA VM TBA VM centricity TBA VM-centric TBA Virtual Machine TBA WAN Optimization
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Nearline cloud storage: How to choose a service provider

According to analyst Mike Matchett, customers should evaluate the cost and effectiveness of a hybrid cloud implementation when selecting a provider to store their nearline data.

  • Premiered: 07/18/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA Cloud Storage TBA Storage TBA Nearline TBA cloud services provider TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Hybrid Cloud Storage TBA CIO TBA Cloud Security TBA Security TBA Migration TBA cloud data migration TBA Public Cloud TBA cloud tiering TBA cold storage TBA Snapshot TBA Snapshots TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA analytics TBA Remote Office TBA ROBO TBA IBM TBA Oracle TBA Virtual SAN